We Braved it to mark one month
until the Boxing Day Dip

We Braved it to mark one month until the Boxing Day Dip

Cheshire Home Chairman Rob Shepherd and Support Group chair, Rhona Humphreys together alongside Aaron Walden, from new corporate partner, Skipton International, took to the water for a short dip to showcase the event and to encourage members of the community to come along on Boxing Day to raise valuable – and much-needed – funding.

The traditional Boxing Day Dip sees thousands of islanders turn out to swim off the excesses of the Festive season and give generously towards the upkeep of Guernsey’s popular Cheshire Home. In excess of £1 million is needed annually to allow the Home to continue.

There are a number of ‘extras’ being added this year, including a free shuttle bus from Town, enabling participants to get to/from Cobo without having to worry about trying to park in the Cobo area.

The free shuttle bus will run from North Beach car park to Cobo on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at 8am. The final return bus will depart from Mim’s Kiosk at 12.30pm. As always, the Rockmount will be open for mulled wine and mince pies after the Dip.

The launch Dip was to highlight that there will be only one month to go and to help encourage as many people as possible to #Braveit on Boxing Day.

Rob Shepherd, Chairman at the Home, said: “This year’s Dip is due to be the biggest yet and I can’t wait to experience the fantastic atmosphere once again.

“I am very grateful to Skipton for their brand-new sponsorship, which has enabled us to expand the scope of the Dip this year. I look forward to seeing everyone at Cobo on Boxing Day at 9.30am.”

In addition, we will have a Christmas stall in Market Square on Friday 17th December, selling special swimming caps and other items to raise funds from the Home.

Aaron Walden, Commercial Manager at Skipton said: “This much-loved Guernsey tradition is something we are extremely proud to sponsor, as it showcases the very best of Guernsey’s tight-knit community. Our sponsorship provides a donation to the Home and also enables the organisers to add a few extras, including a shuttle bus from Town. We are also very grateful to our colleagues who have volunteered to help on the day.”

Support Group Chair Rhona was keen to encourage people to turn out “Every year we are overwhelmed by how many of our community turn out to support the Home, we hope this year will be no different. This year we’ve made it even easier to get to Cobo from town, thanks to our new sponsor. We are delighted to welcome Skipton as our corporate partner and look forward to working with them to enhance what is already a much loved event on the island.”

Watch this space for more information in the coming weeks.

Thanks to the Guernsey Press (Luke Fletcher) for the photo.